White Lion Family - Unity by romanceworks ()
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There is a unity
Within a family
A bond of blood and love
That embraces and enables us
For all eternity.
White Lion Family - Unity prose by Carol Cavalaris ©
Another in my White Lion Family series, paying tribute to the strength and support we get from family. A mixed medium work created in Photoshop using photo references and painting techniques. Special thanks to Ilona Krijgsman for the use of her beautiful photos that are always so inspiring.
Hope you enjoy. :o)
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I wanted to do 6 pieces of yours, and only did 5; and as I'm stepping away again (an RX I'm asked to follow right now), I had the uneasy task of choosing one more, out of many that cry out for response. I chose this because I wanted to comment on another of your beautiful lion series; and also because this has a lot more space around the lions than the last one did. That doesn't mean I like it better than the last one (the one with the gigantic mane)---I love all your work. But this is so different.
I just now saw your response, and was fascinated by how you envisioned that huge mane. Well, your art illustrates your vision to a tee. Here, you have another huge mane, but you 'pulled back your camera' (so to speak) and got a considerably longer view.
The lion father/husband still has a most impressive mane, but we see his whole form now. And actually, we can feel his mane as a whole entity now, because we've pulled back far enough. As always, you've woven several gradations of color into what, at first, appears to be largely one hue: There are dark yellows in there, oranges, a touch of gold, some browns--all in his beard alone. The texture is just lush and stringy, it's got guts and softness all in one. I love that beard. Then, his head-mane is more 'of the wind', with thinner strands. And the coloration has white in it, with some pinks, etc. These little color variations may be the bread and butter of first rate painters, but I don't take them for granted; and you do them with such panache and power I always look closely. The rest of his body swirls with beige and greens...and the bottom of his back leg is---I don't know what it is, but you have these wonderful tufts down there. There's a whole world in this lion; and I suspect you find a whole world in all your animal subjects. They're metaphors for the whole cosmos. Or, one might say, the whole cosmos is in them. That's one immensely rich father. (I can picture some neighboring cubs saying, "duuuuude, your dad is freakin' awesome...")
The other three lions are composed around his left side (our right) in a most loving fashion. And the motion from father to mother to two children is very natural, it's 'circular', and it ends in the child who looks straight at us (important, visually, because the others are looking to one side or the other). Here, their blue eyes are far away (compared to the previous lion painting), yet they pierce rather intensely, because they're concentrated into tiny spaces and feel like pinpricks of energy.
Your ground has your usual combinations of stalks, leaves, undulating water-forms, and flame. And this is a bright ground level---often your ground levels have darker hues (corresponding to the darker mysteries of the fundament). But here, those lowest grasses are alit, like flames. And your darkness is above.
You have blues in the grasses under the father, and in back of him: I love those blues. (You have a series of hues which feel like 'signatures' for you. They just are 'yours'.) Also, you've handled the morph of hues---the gradual changes between hues---beautifully. And the sky is a big "African Carol cosmos"---I can't explain what I mean by that, I just know what I mean. It's got really painterly strokes and morphs between light and dark; with stormy clouds and beautiful blue-greens, etc. Like a lot of your backgrounds, it has an ancient, transcendent feel. A beautiful pulsing sky.
Some other lion families have to be thinking, "what's so special about them? How come no one paints us that way?" (What're we, chopped liver???) You got nobility and, of course, closeness here---your title says "unity," after all. But you also got the cosmic forces that dominate many of your works. If Beethoven could see your work, he'd feel right at home. Terrific, Carol. Another wonderful vision from you; this one gentler and from a further vantage point; but brimming with your power all the same. You do living creatures proud.
Amazing and very perceptive comment, as is your unique style, Mark. And, as always, I'm both thrilled and humbled by your words about my art. You often see far beyond what is on the surface, and this is so inspiring to me as an artist. And you also see the colors I put into the work. Most see this on a subconscious level, but you make the very real effort to see the colors consciously. This amazes me. I adore color, when it's subtle, when it's explosive, and it is probably my favorite thing about creating art, along with expressing emotion. I've always thought color and emotion are deeply related and I do love to explore this in my work. Most would say ... that's a nice brownish lion. But not you. You see the pinks and greens and blues, and lights and darks, and all the hues I blend into a painting. Thank you for taking the time to see and to share your vision with me. It means so much.